Events

June 21, 2013

Dueling piano show entertains TMAC crowd

Members of the audience participate in one of several planned activities during Saturday night’s special event. Attendees also periodically came up to request songs during the program. Jefrey Taylor and Nate Sangsland from Dueling Pianos International headlined the event held at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Saturday.

The Thunder Mountain Activity Centre came alive Saturday night as loud music emanated from the building. Even louder laughter and cheering came from the crowd as a packed room found itself entertained by the show, “Dueling Pianos.” Unlike a traditional piano bar show with two grand pianos, this was a two-man show featuring musicians on keyboards. Both men played the music, sang and took turns as emcees for the entire event.

Similar to piano-bar style entertainment, the audience became part of the show. In front of the crowd, the performers announced names of attendees celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, and the people whose names were announced were sometimes lightly teased and mocked. Participants from the audience took part in sing-alongs, short activities and dances with direction from the pianists.

For some audience members like military spouse Crystal Horton, this was a new experience.

“I’ve seen [piano bar shows] on TV, but I’ve never seen one in person,” Horton said. She added that she found the entire show very entertaining.

Toward the end of the program, it was apparent the audience wanted to stand up and move around rather than remain seated. At one point during the show, certain “party” tables were designated to start a conga line, which also drew participants from the other tables in the room.

Audience member Chris Sancho was motivated by fellow attendees at Saturday night’s “Dueling Pianos” show to get up in front of the audience to dance to Journey’s hit song “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Throughout the night, different members of the crowd danced and performed activities to the pianists’ songs.

“I liked how they got the entire audience involved as much as they could,” said Gregory Birch, one of the Soldiers in Saturday’s audience. “The performers, they did a pretty good job of actually getting everyone involved throughout the entire thing,”

Jefrey Taylor and Nate Sangsland from Dueling Pianos International headlined the evening. They travel around the country bringing “Dueling Pianos” to different venues and said this was their first time visiting Fort Huachuca.

“It was a great room and good group of people ready to have a good time,” Sangland said.

Their performance was so appreciated that during the finale, members of the audience requested an encore. Sangsland and Taylor played the Beatles’ song, “Hey Jude,” which ended the show.

“Dueling Pianos” was presented by Army Entertainment and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate. It is one of a number of special activities FMWR brings to Fort Huachuca to both entertain and raise morale.

Audience members take part in “The Chicken Dance.” during the show held at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Saturday.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
IB5k_Hidalgo

Runners start year off with 5k Icebreaker

Bert Kelher holds the American Flag from start to finish during the Icebreaker Run Saturday. Kelher and others who participated in the race are members of Red, White and Blue, a Veterans’ service organization who show their s...
 
 

Community Briefs January 30, 2014

Yume Japanese Gardens – ceramic sculpture Come see the works of Phoenix artist Ping Wei at the Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson through Feb 28. People are invited to arrange flowers in them in the Japanese art form called ikebana. Entrance to the exhibition is free with admission ($5 – $9). The Gardens are open...
 
 
Video captures by Thom Williams

2-13th Avn. Regiment dedicates building to memory of UAS warrant officer

Video captures by Thom Williams Members of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli’s family and other guests watch as Army officials unveil the plaque on Balli Hall during Tuesday’s memorialization ceremony. The building was n...
 

 
Robert Shields

Fort Hood shooting victim seeks to inspire others

Robert Shields Army 1st Lt. John Arroyo works on strengthening his right hand while his occupational therapist, Katie Korp, looks on at the Center for the Intrepid in Brooke Army Medical Center’s rehabilitation center at Join...
 
 
Maci Hidalgo

New home opens for predator drones at Libby Airfield

Maci Hidalgo Brig. Gen. Edward Maxwell speaks to the attendees during the 214th Reconnaissance Group, 162d Wing, Air National Guard ribbon cutting ceremony at Libby Air Field on Fort Huachuca. Maxwell said the new facility will...
 
 

TRICARE patients must attest to health care coverage

WASHINGTON — As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health care insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty. For the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, all U.S. citizens, including Service members, military retirees...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin